Thursday, January 31, 2013

You're Turtley Cool!

I can't believe it's almost Valentine's day already!  As a kid I used to love giving and receiving Valentines.  When my kids were younger they liked doing Valentines as well so I thought it would be fun to make a Valentine with today's sketch.  

I used MTME's new release BFF Valentine images for the Turtle and BFF Valentine Sentiments for the sentiment: You're Turtley Cool.  The paper is from the set Minty Chocolate and then I embossed the pink square with a Cuttlebug Word-Filled Hearts which I've had for ages.

I took the digi heart paper and scaled it way down to where I liked it for the turtle's shell.  I then placed the digi turtle on top of it and erased the paper that went beyond the edges of the turtle.  That's how I got the digi heart paper on the turtle's shell.  Another great way to use the digi images and papers!

I hope you will join us at MTME Pretty Patterns sketch challenge.  Please hop on over there and play along!  Thank you for stopping by!  I appreciate each and every visit and comment.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Your Love is My Anchor

It's time for another excellent sketch at My Time Made Easy's Pretty Patterns Blog.  My husband's birthday was this past Sunday so I made a birthday card for him using this week's sketch.  I hope you like it!

Making male cards isn't my forte so I went to the MTME store to see what stamps would be appropriate for my husband's birthday card.  I was pleasantly surprised at all the great stamps MTME has. I used Seas the Day stamp set for the boat and digitally changed the flourishes on the sails of the boat from red to the blue you see in the photo.  I then printed it, colored the wooden parts with copics and then cut it out.  I then printed the sentiment "Your love is my anchor amidst the stormy sea" from the Seas the Day Sentiments.

I already had the background embossed and put away so I forgot which embossing folder I used, but it was perfect!  (If you would really like to know, please post a comment below and I'll be happy to look for it for you.)  I have two cloud dies and a wave die that I used. to add some interest.  I popped up the boat with dimensional adhesive and curled the end of the flag with the sentiment on it.  I thought it gave it an extra pop of fun!

I wanted to be sure and make it a birthday card so as you open it....

you see that I added the birthday wish on the inside!  I used Sentimental Occasions for both the frame and the "Happy Birthday for the inside of the card.

Below is an angel view of my card.  

My husband and I have sure weathered a lot of "storms" together.  In April we will celebrate our 28th anniversary!  We've had plenty of ups and downs during all these years especially with the death of our beautiful daughter, Jessica, just over two years ago.  My husband and I take turns holding each other up during our times of grief and we remind each other of the blessings to come in the here-after when we are reunited with her again.  We have our wonderful sons (3) and a daughter-in-law who bring joy to our lives.  Our marriage has been made even stronger by all the storms and we are thankful for them.  Whatever your storms may be, I hope you have hope that things will get better and that God loves you.  

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today.  One of my New Year's resolutions is to craft, sew and get back into music.  I feel at my best when I'm being creative and I hope you do too!  Please join us at the MTME Pretty Patterns challenge and have some fun!    


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Praying for Faith to Uphold You

A dear friend of mine's daughter passed away unexpectedly this past weekend.  It is a sad situation but out of this tragedy came a miracle.  My friend and his wife donated their daughter's organs and there are numerous lives that were saved.  Losing a child is never easy but how wonderful that they thought of others during the most difficult time in their lives.

I used this week's sketch to make a sympathy card to send to my friends.  

I used the sentiment from Sentimentally Yours and digitally colorized the words "Faith" and "Memories".

I took the frame (below) in the set  Sentimentally Yours and colorized it with the same color of blue as the words on the front of the card, added the sentiment "With Deepest Sympathy" in the center, printed it and cut it out.  I then adhered it to the inside of the card.  

Thank you for stopping by.  I hope the new year brings you love, laughter and good health.

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